Syllabus Overview for HCD-550-DL Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

Please visit the Institute bookstore for information regarding required course materials.

Note:  Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders will run for 12 weeks. This course requires $25 student registration fee for membership on Master Clinician Network (MCN).


  • History of communication disorders and treatment. What is the difference between a disorder versus a difference?
  • Nuts and bolts. What is needed in order to talk? A review of vocal anatomy and physiology?
  • Childhood Language Impairments
  • Developmental Literacy Impairments
  • Adult Language Impairments: Aphasia
  • Adult Language Impairments: Traumatic brain injury and Dementia
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • Disorders of Articulation and Phonology
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Disorders of Swallowing
  • Audiology and Hearing Loss

General Course Activities

Weekly quizzes

Research worksheet assignments

Clinical observation responses

Case study/response projects

Course Expectations

A student is expected to devote 10-15 hours per week to complete readings and course activities.

Students will be assigned to view approximately 2 hours of therapy sessions per week using the Master Clinician Network website.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.)  D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, review the D2L system recommendations.

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